2017 TCPEA Outstanding Dissertation Award

  • 2017 TCPEA Outstanding Dissertation Award
    Presented at January, 2018 Meeting

    Nate Templeton – Chair

    Description: This award recognizes an exceptional doctoral-level dissertation that expands the knowledge of educational administration at the postsecondary or K-20 levels. The award is designed to recognize outstanding research of our graduate students as well as to encourage professors and early scholars to join TCPEA.

    Selection / Eligibility Criteria:Doctoral dissertations must be successfully defended within the previous year from the award date. For example, the Dissertation of the Year award presented at the TCPEA Mid-Winter meeting in January 2017, must have been defended by students who graduated in December 2016, May 2017 or August 2017.

    Dissertations considered for the TCPEA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award should:

    1. Be completed within the previous year of the award date as stated above.
    2. Be submitted by student, but sponsored by current TCPEA member whose name appears on cover sheet.
    3. Align with the TCPEA mission.
    4. Seek to address significant research question(s).
    5. Contribute to the literature on educational administration, such as studies of administration and or the role and function of the administrator in K-20 schools, studies of the history of educational administration or of the lives of major contributors to the field, or other studies related to educational administration.
    6. Be methodologically appropriate.

    Nomination Requirements: The nomination includes two parts:

    A. Cover sheet with appropriate information – Part A;
    B. A blind copy of a 6-page double-spaced abstract of the dissertation – Part B.

    Both parts must be submitted electronically to the TCPEA Dissertation Award Chairperson, Dr. Nate Templeton by November 17, 2017. A three-person committee of TCPEA members will determine the award winner. The awards chair will notify the award recipient by December 10.

    Award: Award will be presented at the TCPEA Mid-Winter meeting and the recipient will be recognized on the TCPEA website. The award will include an honorarium of $250 and one year membership to TCPEA.

    Part A. Cover Sheet

    • Title of degree
    • One page vita
    • University granting degree and date granted
    • Name of dissertation chair (must be current TCPEA member)
    • 150 word summary of abstract
    • Name, mailing address, phone, e-mail of student submitting

    Part B: Abstract - Blind Copy (6 double-spaced pages plus appendices as needed)
    Abstract includes (only include references in the appendix that are used in the abstract):

    • Title page (title only, no other identifying information) – do not count this page
    • Introduction – background of problem, purpose of research, significance of study
    • Theory/Rationale – discuss theoretical basis or literature base referring to the relevant literature
    • Methodology – sample, instrumentation, data collection, data analysis, validity/reliability (in appendix include additional information as needed)
    • Findings and Discussion – report and discuss findings
    • Conclusions, Implications for Practice & Recommendations – state conclusions, implications for practice, and make recommendations for future studies